Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has launched USAFacts, a nonprofit that aims to provide “a data-driven portrait of the American population, our government’s finances, and government’s impact on society.”
The organization’s Web site, USAFacts.org, offers a vast array of data, including everything from tax revenues and expenditures, to poverty levels, energy production, and much more, displayed in eye-catching, easy-to-navigate dashboards.
“I’m a numbers guy. I really like numbers. That was part of my je ne sais quoi, if you will, at Microsoft,” he said in an interview about USAFacts with GeekWire. “And I think the appropriate role of numbers is to help to take complicated situations and simplify them for people to understand. … Oftentimes it helps to have some simple group of numbers that really let you understand what’s going on, and I enjoy that.”
Steve Ballmer calls himself 'a numbers guy'Bloomberg NewsThe data is all taken from publicly available government sources, and is generally divided up into the four “Missions” that USAFacts takes from the preamble to the U.S. Constitution: